April 5, 2012
What should we think about the spirit world?
This is one of two works Daniel Defoe did on the spirit world, this one being an examination of spirits, apparitions, visitations etc. and what nature these visits take. His other book is a History of the Devil, which looks at the variety of methods and devious techniques he employs, his strength and his limitations. In the spirit realm we know of Angelic visits in important tasks but there are lesser angels who appear or visit dreams, and influence the way we think. These visits are considered by the nature of the message conveyed, and whether the purpose of the messenger is deemed good or bad. The devil does not as a rule take time to influence men for good, nor indeed trouble himself about small matters. Defoe gives numerous examples of visitations, and inspects the results of the warnings to men. Many times men will hear warnings, understand them fully and still refuse to heed them. Countless great men fell on such occasions, and innumerable common men. Also Defoe considers departed humans, whether they can come back to visit or warn their relatives, or comfort the family on their passing. You will need to read it to find out. It is probably not what you think. I think the book takes a kind of person, like myself who wants to consider how the spirit world works in its relationship to us carnal beings awaiting our own time to find a spiritual home.